Getting Reading Off To A Good Start
National BookStart Week
Last week saw The BookTrust’s National #BookStart Week. If you don’t know who the BookTrust are then here is a little info.
BookTrust are the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Each year they reach 2.5 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading, because they know that reading can transform lives. Since BookStart started in 1992, 34 million books have been gifted to children.
Their flagship programme BookStart reaches every child in England and Wales in their first year. The National BookStart Week was in celebration of this amazing programme, which is now in it’s 25th year. This years celebrations had the theme ‘Let’s explore outdoors’ and many local libraries and schools joined in with the celebrations
With my eldest firmly a lover of books and doing well with her reading I wanted to take my son to join in the celebrations. Being the second child he doesn’t get as much quality time spent on him as his sister did and I think it’s about time he did.
Our local library held a ‘bunny trail’. My son only being 16 months didn’t really understand what was going on but it was nice to just spend some quality time with him, outdoors and amongst other children. He got to meet the BookStart Bear and loved having free reign of running around our local park smelling flowers and giggling at birds.
Once we had found all the clues we received a sheet with nursery rhymes on and a copy of Ellie Sandall’s ‘Every Bunny Dance’. A lovely little story about friendship and empathy. Set in the woodland it is full of music, dance and positive messaging. We sat and sang a nursery rhyme then walked back to the library for a drink and a biscuit and more singing. It really was lovely to be a part of it and see my little one dancing and attempting to do the moves!
It also brought to my attention the story time sessions that the library hold and the activities that are being planned over the school holidays. Getting these pencilled in!
I genuinely believe that reading is such an important skill for children to learn and enjoy. I’ve written about this before in ‘7 Reasons Why you Should Read To Your Children’ and also in my post promoting BookStart’s ‘Bath, Book and Bed’ routine.
If you visit the BookTrust Website you will find a list of suggested books that explore the outdoors during an adventure or a tale. One of my favourites is on there ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.
This is not a sponsored post, I just firmly believe in celebrating the good work The BookTrust do for families across the country.